Jessica Sanchez meets PNoy in LA

Posted at 06/09/2012 12:01 PM | Updated as of 06/09/2012 9:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III and Filipina-Mexican "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez met in Los Angeles, California on Friday (Saturday in Manila) before returning to Manila from his US trip.

Jessica Sanchez meets President Benigno "Nonoy" Aquino III. Photo by Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau Chief

Aquino, after his dialogue with members of the Filipino community in Los Angeles, met Sanchez along with members of her family.

The meeting was set as a part of the Los Angeles leg of the president's official state visit to the United States.

Moments after the meeting, Sanchez posted on micro-blogging site Twitter: "Heading back, that was an honor :)"

After her runner-up finish on the reality singing competition, Malacañang had expressed its support for the Pinay pride, saying that “throughout her long, arduous journey, people considered Ms. Sanchez a performer imbued with an extraordinary gift of music and heart.”

It added that Sanchez's "American Idol" stint was only the beginning of a great career for the 16-year-old singer.

Sanchez earlier expressed her gratitude for the support of the Philippine government, saying, “Thank you so much for all the support, hopefully I can meet you [Aquino] soon.”

Sanchez is set to sing the American national anthem at the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) .